Principal Post -December 2018

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

December is upon us and the new year is within sight. Be sure to take note of the important dates at Hammerschmidt leading up to our winter break!

StarCast- Episode 1-

Our student leaders will be producing "Starcast" episodes throughout the year. The first masterpiece is below. Check it out! This first episode is about 11 minutes long. Enjoy!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday, 12/7

  • WHS Colors Day

Tuesday, 12/11

  • WHS PTA Meeting, 7 p.m., LRC

Thursday, 12/13

  • PTA Dine Out fundraiser at Panera

Friday, 12/14

  • PTA Movie Night, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. , GYM

Wednesday, 12/19

  • Grade 5 Field Trip- Garfield Conservatory
  • D44 Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 Band/Orchestra Winter Concert at GEHS, 7 p.m.

Friday, 12/21

  • Student Council Holiday Hat/ Sweater Day
  • PTA Winter Classroom Parties, 10-11 a.m.
  • D44 Early Release Day-- Students dismissed at 1:15 p.m.

Winter Reminders

Hammerschmidt’s Winter

Playground Rules:

Before School, Recess, and After School!

Students will have OUTDOOR recess unless the temperature (including the wind-chill) is below 10 degrees. The temperature is monitored each morning and before lunch from multiple data points. Children will go out if the temperature is above zero. Please send appropriate outdoor clothing including hats and mittens with your child to school.

  • If students wish to play in the snow, they must wear BOTH snow pants and boots. If students are not wearing snow pants and boots, they are required to stay on our blacktop surface of playground for the lunchtime and classroom recess periods.

  • Students are not allowed to throw snowballs, slide on ice, or play other games where student safety may be compromised.

  • Snow forts are shared by ALL students regardless of age or grade. Children may add to them, but not destroy.

It is a great idea to keep an extra pair of socks, gloves or mittens in your child’s backpack. Students have a great time playing in the snow when appropriately dressed and following these guidelines.

WHS Winter Clothing Drive:

Items will collected until winter break begins!
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The WHS Talent Show is Coming Soon!

The WHS PTA Talent Show is on January 25, 2019! Important dates are listed below.

  • AUDITIONS: Friday January 11, 2019 (3:15-4:30 pm)
  • REHEARSAL: Tuesday January 15, 2019 (3:15-5:15 pm)
  • DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday January 24, 2019 (3:15-5:30 pm)
  • TALENT SHOW: Friday January 25, 2019

WHS and LFD Annual Toy Drive

New unwrapped toys are being collected until this Friday morning.
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Dental Health Services- DuPage County Health Department.

The Dental Health Program at DuPage County Health Department provides access to dental services and oral health education for low income residents of DuPage County. The goal of the Dental Health Program is to improve oral health of DuPage County residents, allowing them to be successful in school, employment and other areas of their lives.

Click below for more information!

Help us Prevent and Fight the Flu at WHS

Please see the resource linked below to help us fight and prevent the flu here at WHS. Please remember the following:


  • Fever is 100 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • white patches in the throat or tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing or talking
  • persistent cough/ extreme congestion (nose or chest)
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Red or irritated eyes which may be Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)


  • Temperature is normal without medication for 24 hours
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Breathing comfortably without medication
  • On antibiotics for 24 hours for Pink Eye or Impetigo
  • On antibiotics for 24 hours and temperature has returned to normal for Strep Throat


Thank you WHS PTA!

A huge thank you goes out to our WHS PTA for bringing us the World of Wisdom school-wide gameshow assembly. This event was a great way end the week before our winter break!

Click on the link below to view a small segment of the assembly!

WHS Assembly Clip

Congratulations WHS Reflections Participants!

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Pictured above are many of our WHS students whose Reflections entry advanced to the "PTA Council" recognition.

Of this group, we have 14 of our WHS students advancing to the "Regional" level. The students whose work will move on to this next level of judging are listed below.

Visual Arts

Claire Bolda

Grace Kemmerling

Yana Spasova

Lana Wolsztyniak


Fatima Abdulkadir

Mia Frydrych

Tommy Lynch

Ava Mihelich

Ashlynn O'Brien

Thomas Verrette


Kathleen Eckhart

Michele Roberto

Film Production

Lucas Maida

Saajan Ray

Thanksgiving Food Drive- THANK YOU!

With you help, our Student Council and PTA were able to provide Thanksgiving Day packages for 15 families! Thank you for all that you do to support us and all of our families at WHS!
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News from D44:

Click on the link below to access the latest news from District 44!

D44's Monthly Parent Newsletter

Connect 44- Strategic Planning Updates

Team members from every D44 and the community are engaged in a strategic planning process to shape our district's future. If you are interested in learning more, check out the link below. Updates to this website will be made after every meeting!

Grade 5 Families-- SAVE THE DATE

Grade 5 students and their families will have the opportunity to explore all that GWMS offers! Save the date.
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Feedback Request -- Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

Have you shared your feedback about Hammerschmidt yet? If you have, THANK YOU very much. If not, please consider taking just a few minutes to share your perceptions of our school. This feedback will be used to help us continually improve! We are most appreciative for your input.

Five Essentials Survey Link

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The PTA "Buzz" Newsletter

Click on the link below to access the latest publication from out PTA:

The November- December PTA Newsletter

Become a WHS PTA Member!

Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the family are welcome to join. PTA membership supports many student programs. As a PTA member, your family will also receive a copy of the the WHS PTA Phone Directory. Thank you for your consideration!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form.

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Fantastic FREE Parent Resources

The Glenbard Parent Series is a series of FREE speakers designed to support families of school age children in our immediate area. Every event is free, and does NOT require registration. Check out the link below to see if any of these opportunities interest you!

Glenbard Parent Series Website

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Brochure